Chicagoans will miss ramp season, despite what anyone may write, and with that tearful farewell, say hello to summer’s typical 90-degree humid days, the kind of sticky nights that a beer company will write nostalgic copy about. June certainly is here, Chicago’s street festivals and traffic gridlock are here, too. Try to escape with some good air conditioning and a great meal. To assist with those quests, it’s time for the latest edition of the Eater Chicago Heatmap.
The Heatmap features new restaurants and old favorites creating a new buzz. Whereas the Eater 38 is a collection of can’t-miss stalwarts and bucket-list entries, the Heatmap is about the now — focused on recent openings that have the city’s diners talking.
With June’s arrival, welcome five new Heatmap members: Lettuce Entertain You Enterprise’s second entry, a Japanese-Mexican mash-up in River North, a Japanese ramen chain, the new location of an Italian American favorite, and a pricey sushi shop’s less pricey little sibling.
For updated information on coronavirus cases, please visit the city of Chicago’s COVID-19 dashboard. Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here.Read More